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BATTERED, bruised and beaten.
Coburg's interchange in the final quarter had Ben Griffiths icing his knee as Piva Wright limped off the ground.
It was certainly not the Tigers' day, beaten by an uncompromising Werribee outfit 12.11 (83) to 20.14 (134).
Coburg captain Nick Carnell was a warrior on Saturday, leading the way with his head over the football and body on the line but unfortunately not everyone else was willing to do the same.
Temperamental weather made it difficult for the forwards across the board but Daniel Connors and Luke McGuane managed three and four goals respectively.
In a return to form, Connors held his ground on multiple occasions against Werribee defender Brad Mangan.
Both coaches addressed the players at the first break with the song Eye of The Tiger blaring in the background but the only tiger to rise up to the challenge of their rival was Werribee.
Werribee found space steering clear of the congestion, tackling harder and forcing Coburg to falter under pressure. Werribee was on top of the game.
Coburg Coach Adam Potter said he was pleased with his side's "endeavour" but it was its turnovers that hurt it the most.
"Our endeavour in and around the contests was good, we tackled well and we won our fair share of clearances," Potter said.
"It was more from there we turned it over and there ability to hurt us going the other way on the spread."
"They had 15 plus more inside 50s, which hurt us so its something we have to look at."
"We gave up some easy goals from turnovers, which was really disappointing."
"I thought we did OK in the third quarter to peg it back but then gave away some easy goals going the other way."
Potter praised the work of Connors, racking up 18 possessions and six shots on goal along with Luke McGuane in the 51-point loss.
"For DC (Connors) that was definitely his best game," Potter said.
"I was really pleased with his output today and Luke ended up with four and took some really good marks inside 50, so pleased with both of their performances today."